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melodious

Line breaks: me¦lo|di¦ous
Pronunciation: /mɪˈləʊdɪəs
 
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Definition of melodious in English:

adjective

1Relating to or characterized by melody: the melodious chant of the monks
More example sentences
  • Liszt tells the poet's story with music that is memorably melodious and dramatic; this is one of the highlights among the thirteen.
  • Josef Suk can always be counted upon to produce good, well crafted and melodious music and these three compositions certainly live up to that description.
  • In contrast, the dances of Asia stand out for their splendid colour and costumes and melodious instrumental music and drum beats.
1.1Pleasant-sounding: he heard a fruity melodious voice
More example sentences
  • Organisers feel it is a great opportunity for the public to hear the pleasant and melodious jazz harmonies in a great natural environment and mountains during August summer nights.
  • His melodious and lyrical voice cradled the cries of infants and raged passionately against the dying of the light.
  • He spoke with his ladies in a friendly, melodious voice as he carried out boxes of expensive, impractical footwear for their pleasure and delight.
Synonyms
informal easy on the ear
rare mellifluent

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French melodieus, from melodie (see melody).

Derivatives

melodiously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • There was an energy behind the melodiously melancholy tunes such as ‘Trouble’ and ‘We Never Change’ that drove the show despite their pensive beats.
  • In his 80th year, he retains the sonorous resonance of a voice tuned to melodiously deliver, not just the staccato sounds of everyday speech, but the deeper tones of depth and meaning that lie within.
  • I loosened his tongue with Guinness and he held forth melodiously for some time about stuff like Beowulf, Njarl's Saga, Anglo-Saxon and Nordic literature.

melodiousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • In the Kedar rendition, Kaikini showed the traditional crisp melodiousness, accompanied by his daughter Aditi and his son Yogesh Samsi on the tabla.
  • This song not only demonstrates his flexible range, but also the melodiousness of his voice.
  • I have often remarked that unmusical American English, however close to Elizabethan pronunciation, falls well short of that British melodiousness with which English actors can liltingly enhance Shakespeare.

Words that rhyme with melodious

commodious, odious

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